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        59 Easy Painted Pumpkins That'll Impress Everyone This Halloween

        No carving, no problem: These clever ideas show you how to make the most out of craft paint.

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        Mike Garten

        Pumpkins are the undisputed star of the fall season, and Halloween is really their time to shine. When decorating for the holiday, some people choose to carve their pumpkins (and if you go that route, be sure to follow these expert carving tips). Others choose to avoid the hassle of the carve and go for a no-carve pumpkin instead.

        If you're painting pumpkins this year, great. It's a fun activity for the whole family and a chance to show off your creative skills. Plus, your painted pumpkin will last longer than a carved one, so you get to impress the neighborhood with your design all season long!

        Stumped on a design for your perfect pumpkin? There are many paths you could go, whether you want to make it spooky, give it a creepy or gruesome face or perhaps even use your pumpkin as a landscape to paint a whole Halloween movie scene. From acrylic and spray paints to paper cut-outs to faux flowers, glitter and more, there are also a ton of options available to you for designing and decorating your perfect pumpkin.

        If you're stuck for inspiration, we've got you covered. Here you'll find a wide array of painted design ideas for pumpkins, ranging in size, color and shape. While most of these work best on full-size pumpkins, there are several options made specifically for mini pumpkins or gourds as well.

        No matter if you're looking to scare the whole neighborhood or just give your trick-or-treaters a laugh, these ideas will get you excited to whip out your art supplies as soon as you're back from the pumpkin patch.

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        Tissue Paper Pumpkins

        Add a little something special to your painted pumpkin with some tissue paper. To make, take tissue paper and fold it over itself a few times, while placing thicker paper underneath to give the punches more structure to punch. Then, punch out a handful of circles in different shapes. Next, using a craft brush, paint a layer of Mod Podge where you are going to start laying down the tissue circles. Then, place a circle and brush over it with another layer of Mod Podge. Finally, overlap the circles to create the look and continue until you feel the coverage is complete!

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        Feather Pumpkin

        Once you've painted your pumpkin black and it's dry, grab some faux feathers and stick them to the pumpkin using Mod Podge. Then, use a brush with a little Mod Podge to smooth out the feathers on top, and let dry.


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        Tiny Bow Pumpkins

        Add just a few black bows to turn an ordinary painted pumpkin into something unique. To get started, cut equal lengths of ribbon (ours were about 5 inches) and tie into bows (you can also use pre-made bows). Then, place a tiny dot of hot glue onto the pumpkin and place the bow on top. Let dry and repeat all over surface of the pumpkin.

        SHOP BOWS

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        Marbled Pumpkins

        No paint? No problem. Grab a container filled with water and your favorite nail polish colors to create this on-trend design.

        Get the tutorial »

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        Spa Pumpkin

        Looks familiar, doesn't it? Give a regular pumpkin the spa treatment with this adorable paint job. Simply paint a "face mask" in a green or teal hue, leaving spaces for the nose and mouth. When it's completely dry, stretch a shower cap over the pumpkin's "head" and pin it in place with straight pins. Top it off with cucumber eyes, which are really just cut-out clip art images for longevity's sake.


        RELATED: The Cutest Pumpkin Faces to DIY

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        Balloon Pumpkin

        Add a burst of color to any real or fake pumpkin with this easy balloon hack. First, paint the pumpkin a solid base color like white or gold. Then snip the ends off opaque balloons (11 inches for mini pumpkins, larger for the big guys) and stretch around the base.

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        "Boo" Pumpkin

        To really make the letter patches pop, paint your pumpkin in a neutral shade beforehand. Feel free to leave the stem as is for a more natural look.


        RELATED: Seriously Easy No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas

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        Crayon Drip Pumpkin

        This project doesn't call for paint, but it still requires a trip to your craft closet to fetch used crayons. Start by removing the crayon's paper wrapper, and then break the crayons into small bits (or use leftover pieces from an old art set). One at a time, place crayons near the pumpkin stem and melt them down with a hair dryer on low-heat. As they begin to melt, move the pumpkin around to control the drips. Repeat around the whole pumpkin and let dry completely.

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        Jack-O'-Wreath Pumpkin

        Because pretty pumpkins deserve flower crowns, too. To make, shape floral wire into a wreath. Trim flowers, leaving two to three inches of stem, and attach stems and leaves with additional wire. Crown your painted pumpkin, then leave it out on display all season long. If you go with real flowers, spritz them occasionally to extend their life, but they'll be just as beautiful once they dry out.

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        Splatter Paint Pumpkins

        After you decide on paint colors that suit your space, it's time to start crafting. Here's how to get this speckled look: First, paint your pumpkins in one solid color and let them dry completely. Then, mix water with acrylic paint until it reaches the consistency of heavy cream. Coat a craft brush or toothbrush with paint and lightly tap it repeatedly over the whole surface of the pumpkin to create paint splatters.

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        Map Tack Pumpkin

        Paint a pumpkin in one solid color and let it dry. Then, simply poke map tacks in a variety of colors all over the pumpkin to create a fun, 3-D design.


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        Mini Spider Pumpkin

        Make just one of these or make a whole bunch for an extra-creepy display! Remove the pumpkin's stem and paint the whole thing with glossy black paint, then let it dry. Cut craft or floral wire into eight equal length pieces and poke four wires into each side of the pumpkin. Bend each wire twice to make the legs. Using hot glue or craft glue, attach googley eyes to the top of the pumpkin.

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        Spider Web Pumpkins

        Even if you aren't a fan of spiders IRL, you'll be able to handle this craft. First, use long strips of tape to create a web pattern on a pumpkin. Then, spray light, even strokes of spray paint over the entire surface, letting it dry completely and adding additional coats when needed. Once it's fully dry, carefully peel off the tape and glue on a fake spider.

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        Glitter Dot Pumpkin

        Add some sparkle to your front porch with these ultra-glam pumpkins. To make, glue 1- to 2-inch sequin circles on the pumpkin and repeat until the pumpkin is glitzy enough for your taste.


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        Flower Sash Pumpkin

        After spray painting your gourd the prettiest pink, create a sash with fresh or faux blooms. Snip stems about one to two inches from buds, drill small holes in the painted rind, then stick stems in holes. If you opt for real flowers, extend their life by periodically spritzing them with water.

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        Spiky Punk Pumpkins

        Add a little edge to your holiday decorations with this out-of-the-box idea. Just paint your pumpkins one solid color and hot glue flat-bottomed studs in the pattern of your choice.

        SHOP STUDS

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        Glitter Stem Pumpkin

        Once the paint dries, pick an accent color for the stem and dip the glue-covered stem in craft glitter. When the light hits it just right, your pumpkin will illuminate the room — or at the very least, add a splash of sparkle.

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        Simple Appliqué Pumpkin

        Fabric trimmings and appliqués from craft stores make perfect, easy decoration for your pumpkins! Paint the pumpkin to match your home's aesthetic, then use a hot glue gun to attach the trimmings.

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        These cute, spooky ghosts are easy to create. Just get some gourds and squashes from the store, paint faces with with acrylic paint — it's up to you whether you want to make them spooky or sweet.

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        Punny Painted Pumpkin

        Outline a punny phrase in pen — creep it real, for example.— then paint inside the lines. Tie on a smiling tassel ghost from the stem to really drive the point home.

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        Floral Pumpkin

        No intricate (ahem, complicated) painting here. After painting the pumpkin white, adhere temporary tattoos on the pumpkin, just as you would on skin. For a botanical look, connect a ring of floral tattoos around the middle.


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        Batty Ombre Pumpkin

        Prop paper wings with chopsticks or skewers to help your pumpkin take flight (or at least look like it's about to). To get the multicolored paint job, strategically blend white, orange and magenta paint, adding more saturation from top to bottom.

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        Floral Pumpkin Pots

        These flower-filled pumpkins are both adorable and practical. Paint mini pumpkins the color of your choice, carve off the top, add the bottom of a water bottle as a vase, and fill with fresh blooms. Then scatter them throughout your house, or use them to line the dinner table.

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        Batty Pumpkin

        Here's a batty idea: After painting your pumpkin, tie a loose knot in the middle of a four-inch piece of black satin ribbon, then cut the ends to resemble wings. Once you have a cauldron of bats, attach them to a painted pumpkin with sewing pins.


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        Floating Ghost Pumpkins

        Caspar and gang will give trick-or-treaters a friendly fright with this stacked pumpkin display. Just make sure you draw smiles on the ghosts, so no one gets spooked.

        Get the tutorial at Woman's Day »

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        Bundt Pumpkin

        Your sweet tooth will take center stage with this painted pumpkin. And if you want to make yours look like pumpkin pie, then try to find a pumpkin with a rich rustic color as opposed to bright orange (or slap on a coat of rust-colored paint, if all else fails).

        Get the tutorial at Country Living »

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        Bejeweled Pumpkin

        With a solid-covered foundation, you can embellish your pumpkin with a range of colorful gems to resemble flowers, butterflies, or other shapes.


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        Book Page Pumpkins

        Bust out the Mod Podge! Upcycle old newspapers, books, and magazines with this easy pumpkin project.

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        Caramel Apple Pumpkin

        Nothing tops the real thing, but these adorable mini pumpkins come pretty close. But if you don't want to tease your party guests, make sure you have some edible caramel apples on hand, too.

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        Cow Pumpkin

        Your neighbors will be talking about this painted pumpkin until the cows come home — or well, as long as this guy is out on display.

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